Apparent tornado kills 2 in Louisiana
By TIMES WIRES
Published January 6, 2007
Powerful storms killed at least two people, flooded streets and ripped apart homes as they swept from Louisiana through South Carolina. Much of the damage was in Louisiana's Iberia Parish, where what appeared to be a tornado hit the New Iberia area just before 4 p.m. Thursday. The storm killed a woman and 6-year-old girl in their home, the Iberia Parish Coroner's Office said, and at least 15 other people were injured. Ten more people were hurt when the storm reached east-central Mississippi's Kemper County late Thursday and early Friday.
First baby of '07 no cuddly decision
It seemed like a perfect formula for good publicity: A national sweepstakes would award a $25,000 U.S. savings bond to the first American baby born in 2007, courtesy of the toy chain Toys "R" Us and its Babies "R" Us division. Instead, after disqualifying a Chinese-American baby girl born in New York Downtown Hospital, the toy company finds itself caught in the glare of the immigration debate. The baby girl, Yuki Lin, was a U.S. citizen from the second the ball dropped in Times Square, where the Toys "R" Us flagship store draws shoppers from around the world. But, like six out of 10 babies born in the city, she has immigrant parents. The chain determined she was ineligible because her mother is not a legal resident. The award went instead to the runner-up, Jayden Swain, in Gainesville, Ga.
3 killed in crash of small plane
Searchers found three bodies Friday in the wreckage of a small plane that crashed while trying to land at Columbia's fog-bound main airport the night before, authorities said. There were no survivors. The victims were identified as Len Lovette, 71, of Hopkins; and Bernard Stanek Jr., 57, and Nathan Derek Faulkenberry, 34, of Columbia, said Lexington County Coroner Harry O. Harman. Authorities believe Stanek was flying the plane.
Hog kill: Bigger than Hogzilla?
A giant wild hog boasted to be bigger than "Hogzilla" caught in southern Georgia a few years ago has been killed in a suburban Atlanta neighborhood. The hog hung snout down from a tree Friday in William Coursey's front yard, not far from where he said he shot the beast. He said he hauled it to a truck weigh station, which recorded it at 1,100 pounds. The Department of Natural Resources did not know whether the hog was a record. "We don't keep records on hogs," a spokeswoman said.
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